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Emerging Leader Scholarships


Application deadline: October 3 (closed)


The Emerging Leader Scholarship provides a travel scholarship and free registration for the AUCD Conference out of AUCD's Emerging Leader Scholarship Fund. The travel portion of the Award will be sent in the form of an individual check after the conference to be used toward travel expenses (hotel, transportation, etc.) related to the AUCD Conference; a full conference registration fee will be waived. Any additional paid conference events will not be waived. The number and level of scholarships awarded per year is dependent on available funds.

  • Scholarship amount - $750 for travel expenses plus waived full conference registration (this does not include any additional paid events at the conference).
  • Scholarship recipients are expected to pay all costs associated with their attendance at the conference upfront in their entirety.
  • Full award will be paid after the conference in the form of a check.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Demonstrated leadership involvement in a program, activity or other initiative in your community, Center or other organization.
  • Demonstration of how the AUCD network is benefitting from your leadership work.
  • Noted professional goals for the next 3-5 years.
  • Demonstration of what makes you unique as an emerging leader.

Expectations During the Conference

  • Engagement opportunity on-site with a mentor
  • Submit to AUCD pictures from the Conference for use in future marketing of the scholarship and fund.
  • Use social media during the Conference to relay your experience (if you participate in social media).
  • Submit a photo and bio for AUCD to use on the Emerging Leader Scholarship Fund page of the AUCD website as well as in other announcements or publications about selected recipients and the Fund.

Expectations After the Conference

  • Write an article for the AUCD Early Career Professionals blog or for other use by AUCD after the Conference on why your attendance at the Conference made a difference in your leadership trajectory.
  • Submit to AUCD pictures from the Conference for use in future marketing of the scholarship and fund.

Application Process

The application process is currently closed. Please contact AUCD if you have any questions.

Interested applicants should use AUCD's online application system via the button below to submit the following required documents:

  1. docx File2016 Emerging Leader Scholarship Fund Application Form (72KB, DOC) [download]
  2. A letter of recommendation from your Center Director (additional letters of support can be submitted but are not required).

Please note that your application is not submitted until you have clicked the “Submit Application” button at the bottom of the application page. You will not be able to edit your application after hitting the Submit Application button.